3.5jtee07 jtee07 •
11 Oct 2010
We went to Marina Sq on a Sat morning to shop and were hungry by 11+am. Hotpot opens at 1130 and have a rather attractive promotion: "$7.9 for adult" for porridge buffet. Children of significant size pays $5.9. (We've discount for being UOB cardmember).
As there are 2 adults and 2 toddlers and an infant, we decide to eat the buffet since we can't stay long for buffet at expensive hotel or restaurant.
The food is rather simple but sufficiently nice to our standard. There are steamed chinese-sausages, 'kong ba' bao, prawn paste chicken, curry chicken, mince meat, stir-fried cabbage, 'xiao bai cai', fried and steam peanuts, stewed beancurd, tao poh, egg, salted vegetable and stewed seasoned vegetable.
You would not cook some of these dishes at home because they're deemed to be sinful or the quantity would be too large for a small family.
A disappointment would be the fried rice which I find quite tasteless. "Fresh fruits" only consist of chilled oranges.
Do note that drinks are charged separately, cheapest is warm water @$0.50. I observed many tables ordered "home-made barley".
The adults had a few helpings to fill up our stomach, while we take turn to entertain our children. A must try is the curry chicken. The "kong ba" is nicely stewed too (though a bit too fatty for me). By the time we're into our second helpings, the restaurant is almost full.
A few hotels also have such porridge buffet but I think they charge higher price (however, I've not eaten at these buffets, so I can't comment on their value or quality). A simple lunch without extravagance (if you're looking for expensive items such abalone, crabs, lobster ...etc, look elsewhere).